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10 Ways to Winning in 2014: An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Startup Success

Melissa Thompson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Melissa Thompson

2014 will be a formative year for new business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs. For those would-be entrepreneurs debating the startup leap? There is no time like the present.

A Smart Product of Social Innovation: SmartLife

Ayna Agarwal | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ayna Agarwal

For nascent innovators who aspire to creatively impress upon and uplift the lives of those less privileged, 'social innovation' can seem like an under...

Beautiful and Practical Lessons From a Small Farm Start-Up

Susie Middleton | Posted 03.23.2014 | Food
Susie Middleton

If you're willing to hang with me here (knowing I'm not the last-word-expert on any of this), I'll give you a list of things that worked for us in our small farm start-up, in case you're dreaming (or acting on the dream) of starting one.

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

Why Women Should Rethink the Bodysuit

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 01.20.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By T.C. Daniel, Bradamant I have always been a bit of a Rabble Rouser, so it doesn't surprise me that my Shopify business is built on two revol...

You've Been Telling Time Wrong

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Ben Klinger, Studio Ve We've decided to reinvent the clock. Our series of wall clocks, sold on our Shopify store, are more like art installati...

6 Ways to Rake in the Bucks in the First Quarter of 2014

Melinda Emerson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

If you haven't gotten started thinking about a growth plan for your small business for 2014, it's time to get cracking. Don't skimp on planning your business future or rest on your success from last year.

Achieving Small Business Success in 2014

Kristy L. Campbell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Small Business
Kristy L. Campbell

This year, establish a vision for your business that is aligned with your personal vision. Your personal health and professional health impact each other, so it's important for you to maintain both with goal setting.

Time for Your 2014 Small Business Risk Audit

Ted Devine | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Ted Devine

Have you've been devouring articles by any analyst, guru or pundit with insight into what you can expect in the next 12 months? Now it's time to evaluate which of the year's events your business needs to prepare better for.

What Are the Biggest Payment Trends of 2014?

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Bob Angus, PayPal How customers want to pay is going through dramatic change. Just think about how you shopped this past holiday season. Inno...

What It Means When A Client Says 'Your Price Is Too High'

Ian Altman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

Demonstrate that you are always looking out for the client's best interest. Make it clear that finding the right fit is more important that making the sale. If you do these things right, you just might become the vendor they all are hoping will win.

1,000 Stories: Sharing Women's Startup Experiences

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Female entrepreneurs report not being able to find funding at all, which could also be linked to gender bias. U.S. women who seek first-year financing receive about 80 percent less capital than men, according to research funded by the Kauffman Foundation.

The Merits Of Risk-Taking In Business (And Life)

Raaja Nemani | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Raaja Nemani

In an age in which information is readily accessible to everyone and there are thousands of companies in the exact same industry as you, taking a risk is one of the simpler ways to differentiate yourself. Taking risks challenges you to think differently and to solve new problems, which in turn affect every single decision you make for your business.

14-Year-Old Girl Successfully Launches Adorable Pillow Startup

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.16.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Sydney Loew, Poketti I never thought that I would design, manufacture, and sell a stuffed animal on Shopify, especially at age fourteen. I att...

10 Free Services Every Tech Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Dan McCormick | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology
Dan McCormick

With this variety of great freemium offerings, it's easier than ever to take your website idea from dream to reality, with minimal expense.

5 Midlifers Who Completely Reinvented Themselves

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Meet five midlifers who completed reinvented themselves.

5 Ways to Cut Business Costs in 2014

Anjali Varma | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Anjali Varma

Kick off 2014 with a complete review of your business expenses, and focus on these five areas to save your business money in the coming year.

Small Business Owners Should Beware of Pursuing R.O.E. (Return on Ego)

Carol Roth | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Carol Roth

Technology has blown the doors wide open for many entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs to pursue myriad opportunities. But how do you decide which...

If You Could Ask Gary Vee 1 Question, What Would It Be?

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

Take a look at Gary Vaynerchuk's Twitter profile and you'll immediately see why he's considered a social media guru. The founder of Wine Library - ...

Marketing Success Begins and Ends With Qualified Leads

Don Dodds | Posted 03.15.2014 | Small Business
Don Dodds

Without clearly defining what you consider to be a qualified lead, you'll forever be behind the proverbial eight ball.

Hit The Ground Running in 2014 - Your Guide to Maintaining Email Marketing Momentum

Seamas Egan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Small Business
Seamas Egan

Congratulations, you survived the holiday frenzy! It's time to relax, right? Nope. I get it: you've worked your tail off and now it's time to rest -- you have the next 12 months to meet your goals. Wrong. It should start now.

The Benefits of Starting a Business with a Small Team

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Overnight success stories like Instagram's are rare, and my advice to new start-ups is to keep operations lean from the get-go.

4 Lessons I Learned in the Shark Tank

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.12.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Julie Busha, Slawsa To say that I walked out of ABC's Shark Tank in a state of complete shock might qualify as the biggest understatement in the...

Resolution: Change Job, Change Life

Heather Rosen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Heather Rosen

For people who want to be their own boss, but don't have a business model or product in mind and who don't mind following someone else's path as long as it's one that leads to prosperity, franchising can be an excellent option.

Six Small Business Keys to Success in 2014

Kevin Harrington | Posted 03.12.2014 | Small Business
Kevin Harrington

Imagine what it would be like by 2015 to be setting resolutions on how to manage all the growth and success.